Join a cohort of dedicated conservationists, citizen scientists and volunteers as we work to protect water, wildlife and wild places. From litter sweeps to workshops on scientific and social topics, there are ways for everyone to get involved in your community and beyond.

Upcoming Events

Plastic-Free Waters Kiawah Island Sweep

Saturday, September 16, 9–11:30 a.m. | 1 Shipwatch Road, Kiawah Island
Join us and Kiawah partners for our Plastic-Free Waters Kiawah Island Sweep in conjunction with the statewide Beach Sweep River Sweep and International Coastal Cleanup! Volunteers will gather at The Sandcastle, choose a sweep location on the island and disperse for their cleanup. Once finished, everyone will return to drop off supplies, share their impact and enjoy lunch and refreshments. This is a great opportunity to join thousands of people across the globe in keeping litter and plastic pollution from entering our waterways.
Register HERE.

Charleston Green Drinks: Resilience

Tuesday, September 19, 6–8 p.m. | 1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston
Meet and socialize with staff from South Carolina Aquarium and local conservation organizations at Frothy Beard Brewing Company while we discuss local efforts to increase the resilience of the Charleston community. Following brief introductions, spotlight organizations will be available for informal conversations.
Learn more HERE.

Downtown Charleston Community Sweep Series: Ansonborough Community Litter Sweep

Saturday, September 23, 9–11 a.m. | 100 Calhoun Street, Charleston
In partnership with Buist Academy, National Park Service and Charleston County Library, we’re sweeping the Ansonborough neighborhood in downtown Charleston. Meet us at the corner of Calhoun St. and Anson St., near Buist Academy. From there we’ll clean up the streetscape and enjoy pizza and refreshments afterwards.
Register HERE.

Hope Summit 2023 Festival

Sunday, October 1, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. | 101 River Landing Drive, Daniel Island
The Hope Summit 2023 Festival is a free, family-friendly celebration of community service, citizen science and local solutions at the Daniel Island Waterfront Park. The festival will feature 40+ local organizations and vendors, workshops for hands-on learning and a Family Zone focused on games and exploration. Visit us at the South Carolina Aquarium table and catch the citizen science workshop we’ll be hosting at the event!
Learn more HERE.

Conservation in Action

  1. “Discover Your Watershed” Event in Spartanburg
  2. Litter Sweep with Friends of Gadsden Creek 
  3. Hampton Park Terrace Community Litter Sweep
  4. Saltmarsh Restoration Monitoring in the Maryville community
  5. Litter Sweep with MUSC Students
  6. Sweeps Across South Carolina: Pickens County Litter Sweep
  7. Saltmarsh Planting in the Maryville Community
  8. Pack’s Landing Litter Sweep in Sumter
A woman crouching above a large piece of trash logs debris data into the Litter-Free Digital Journal during a litter sweep with the South Carolina Aquarium

Your Data Matters!

Want to be a true citizen scientist? Litter data is critical in identifying the most problematic debris and can be a powerful tool in helping to develop solutions for reducing trash. We encourage litter sweep participants to log the items they pick up from land and water. Help be part of the solution by using the Litter Journal (previously known as the Litter-Free Digital Journal), a project in the South Carolina Aquarium Citizen Science app, when you sweep in your community.

The South Carolina Aquarium Citizen Science app is available in the App Store and on Google Play.

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